Meet the Correspondent: Omar Jaramillo > Berlin$show=/search/label/Omar%20Jaramillo

"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook. I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions. When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches. He brought a huge box full of sketchbooks he had filled since he was an architecture student. I spent a whole day selecting the most interesting drawings. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a new world. In the last 10 years I have the feeling of being in a long journey. I like to discover the cities where I live, to understand why a place is the way it is and what makes it different and unique from others. Drawing is for me a way to learn to love a place, to become part of it. I like to draw architecture but I am more attracted to urban scenery, portraying how people live in the city. Since I’m a foreigner, everything that locals find normal and taken-for-granted, for me is exotic. I always carry a small watercolor travel set from Windsor and Newton and my sketchbook in my bag. I always thought that drawing was a solitary experience until I found Urban Sketchers. It was amazing to find so many people doing the same thing. It is a great place to share!" • Omar's blog. • Omar's art on flickr. • Omar's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

New Year in Ouadane

Wadane view from west

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We decided to go inland for the holidays, back to Ouadane where my friend lives.
 I sketched a lot mostly young children and landscapes, I was missing sketching having been so busy with the opening of zeinart.
 I chose these two images because they reflect contrasts in the country I chose to live.
 In the fist one we see the ruins of the old city of Ouadane and not far from the minaret of the old mosque the antenna for the phone company.
In the second M'Barka a young girl doing her secondary studies at Ouadane looks at photos in a tourist computer that where taken in the village where she's originally from.
Have in mind that its only a few years since Ouadane has had access to electricity and mobile telephone. In  M'Barka's village people are still using torchs at night time weather to cook, to look at their food while eating or to move around after dusk.



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